A little over a week ago we heard that the Yankees would like to have Joakim Soria if they could. Which didn’t really raise anyone’s eyebrows because, really, who wouldn’t? Turns out that they were more than just a little interested, however, because Heyman reports that they made the Royals “a big proposal” for Soria recently.
Heyman is a little fuzzy on the details, but it appears to have been rejected. Which makes sense, of course, because Soria has a very team-friendly contact. But this doesn’t mean that the Royals shouldn’t shop him. After all, a losing team with an ace closer is like a mule with a spinning wheel. No one knows how they got him and danged if they know how to use him.
But for the Royals to trade Soria it should take a big prospect-laden offer, and while the Yankees have a couple of nice pieces in the system, Kansas City should try to get back some blue chip starting pitching for Soria.
Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.